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EPA Expands List of Safer Chemical Ingredients


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For the first time, 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added to the list.

Air Cycle Unveils Electrolyzed Water Technology


LISLE, ILL.—Air Cycle Corp. has unveiled Viking Pure, an electrolyzed water technology that allows organizations of all varieties to create their own non-toxic cleaning and sanitizing solutions on-site, in real-time and for a fraction of the cost of traditional cleaning and sanitizing chemicals. This is done using water, a little salt, and a small charge of electricity.

Traulsen Upgrades Refrigerators, Holding Cabinets


FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Traulsen announced the latest in a series of new customer-inspired equipment features for its refrigerators and hot-holding cabinets. The EZ-Clean Gasket and Bare Tube Coil follow the launch of the EZ-Open Foot Pedal and EZ-Change Interiors earlier this year.

Green Seal Begins ‘The Green Seal Blog’


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, the nation’s oldest nonprofit environmental certification organization and the original “Green Seal of Approval,” announces the beginning of the Green Seal Blog. The blog is posted on the organization’s website at

PortionPac Launches Floor Care System for Auto-Scrubbers


CHICAGO—PortionPac Chemical Corp. has launched a new auto scrubber floor-care line of its signature unit-dose concentrates. The new system is optimized for auto-scrubber and carpet extraction machines in industrial janitorial applications.

Worksman Expands Bicycle Line for Hospitality


NEW YORK—Worksman Cycles, America’s oldest cycle manufacturer, announces an expanded and upgraded line of Industrial Cycles for the hospitality industry. Featuring bicycles, tricycles and even quadcycles, Worksman offers a complete range of Industrial Cycles for any lodging application including grounds and maintenance, housekeeping, security and activities.

Green Lodging News Adds Green Bull Products as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Green Bull Products, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The Green Bull Drain Maintenance System provides a highly effective, non-toxic, biodegradable, bacterial grease-digesting treatment. Green Bull puts to work billions of colony-forming bacteria to digest fats, oil and grease (FOG), leaving behind water and inert carbon. Green Bull helps avoid drain back-ups and reduces build-ups in grease traps, interceptors, and sewage ejectors. Odors are neutralized at the source by reducing grease.

Betco Introduces Green Earth Devour Drain Gel


TOLEDO, OHIO—Betco Corp. announces the launch of Green Earth Devour Drain Gel. Green Earth Devour Drain Gel is formulated for naturally maintaining drains and odors typically found in food service applications as well as other commercial areas. The thickened gel formula clings to vertical surfaces providing better contact time than thin formulas. The pH neutral formula is safe for use on all drain pipe materials and fittings.

PURE Solutions Partners with Kana Hotel Group


BUFFALO, N.Y.—Kana Hotels, an award-winning development and management group, and PURE Solutions, the provider of allergy-friendly hotel rooms, have teamed up to make travel easier for people with asthma and allergies.

ClearWater Study: Cold Water Laundering Extends Linen Life


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—The industry’s first extensive, independently conducted study to determine the ability of cold-water ozone laundering to extend the useful life of linens—a major expenditure among hospitality, healthcare and numerous other institutions—reveals a resounding advantage versus traditional hot-water methods.

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